Michael van der Ham

Michael van der Ham S/S 2013

London: Though it seems every designer at London Fashion Week is experimenting with piecing and collaging this season, the technique is Michael van der Ham’s signature. He has been working with the method since his first show for S/S 2011. As he continues to mature as a designer, his collaging has become increasingly sophisticated. For his current offering, van der Ham combined abstract floral prints inspired by the work of artist Joan Miró with graphic lines borrowed from the photographs of Malick Sidibe and neutral texture motifs. Tactile materials, including burnout velvet, shaggy pile, cloqué, and jacquard provided additional dimension. Using asymmetry, the designer gave looks the charming quirkiness fashion followers have come to expect and appreciate from young London designers like himself. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Constructed hourglass / Asymmetrical

Color: Raspberry / Yves Klein blue / Navy / Lilac / Peach / Mint / Creamsicle / Taupe / Red / Black

Key Items: Pieced peplum dresses / Wrap skirts / Printed walking shorts

Materials: Cloqué / Shaggy pile / Jacquard / Burnout velvet / Organza / CDC / Airy silks

Print + Pattern: Painterly abstract florals / Texture motifs / Geometrics

Details + Trim: Peplums / Wrap closures / Piecing / Collaging / Cutouts / Contrast collars / Gathering / Beading / Sequins / Georgette appliqués / Lurex embroidery

Accessories + Footwear: Simple white headbands / Ankle strap heels with pompom heel appliqué


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